Track 1 - Public Health Law and Policy

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

C2 - Local Laws to Promote Access to Healthy Food: What Works for Health Equity?

Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Riverview 1

The food policy landscape is rapidly growing. How can municipalities identify policies likely to improve health across their communities? This session provides an overview of the Healthy Food Policy tool, an online resource for health-equity focused food policies at the local level with environmental and economic impacts.


Public Health Laws & Policies, Health Equity, Advocacy/Policy Work

Sally Mancini, MPH

Director of Advocacy Resources
University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Sally has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit development and management, advocacy and government relations, and coalition building. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she coordinated advocacy and public policy campaigns for public health clients as a lobbyist with Judith Blei Government Relations. Sally also was a consultant specializing in project management and program evaluation for Middlesex Hospital and marketing and communications for the CT Farm Bureau Association and CitySeed. Earlier in her career, she was Assistant Director of End Hunger CT!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security advocacy organization. Sally earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Gordon College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Connecticut.


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Julie Ralston Aoki, JD

Director, Healthy Eating & Active Living
Public Health Law Center

Julie Ralston Aoki, J.D., is the Director of the Healthy Eating and Active Living team at the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She has two decades of experience in developing public policy for the public good. She supports Tribal, state, and local communities in Minnesota and across the country in developing and writing laws and policies to promote healthy food systems, active living, and commercial tobacco control. She has taught Public Health Law and Legal Writing as an Adjunct Professor for the law school. Before joining the Center, Julie served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Divisions. She has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale College and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is the past president and current board member for the Minnesota Community Health Workers Alliance and also serves on the Robbinsdale Human Rights Commission.


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Emily Spiegel, JD

Assistant Professor of Law
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School

Emily Spiegel is an assistant professor of law in the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. She has experience in food and agriculture law and policy as well as a background in international development. Her prior work experience includes the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Environmental Law Institute and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Emily received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her JD from Duke University School of Law.


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